Interesting landscape reading from across the web with some thought provoking material before you start your working week.
High Lines and park life: why more green isn’t always greener for cities | Owen Hatherley | Guardian
“Transforming old industrial areas into urban woodland may look nice but can be conterproductive[sic] in the long run” – Interesting read, but still wondering how the Highline is conterproductive[sic] in the long run.
‘Open spaces needed for meetings’ | Riyan Ramanath V, | Times of India
“Lack of such open areas inside the city is forcing communities, political, religious and social groups to use smaller spaces, which is resulting in traffic congestion on the roads.”
See How NYC Streets Got More Pedestrian-Friendly In 25 Years | Curbed NY | Zoe Rosenberg
Great images of before and after the implementation of pedestrian/bike friendly road design
How town planning can make us thin and healthy: Architects show that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health | Charlie Cooper | Independent
“With responsibility for public healthcare devolved now from central Government to local authorities, it’s vital that planners and developers take the lead in ensuring healthier cities,” said. RIBA’s president, Stephen Hodder.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2014
The Billie Holiday park is situated in Loosduinen, a quiet suburb of The Hague. After a recent renovation of the park, this part seemed to be forgotten; it was an unused, neglected space. However, this changed when a residential-care complex was built. Suddenly, this part became a frontside, which created the possibility to transform this place into an attractive park zone, too. The community board organised a participation process, mapping the wishes of the local residents. Renovating the soccer field and guarding off the biking path were important starting points, just like improving the spatial structure of the park. By arranging all new functions in one binding element, the surrounding space is reorganised, too.
Continue reading Billie Holiday Park | The Hague Netherlands | Carve
The Tree Houses Project, designed by The Portico Group, represents a plan to provide children and their families with unique experiences at the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden within Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. The conceptual organizational approach for new encounter stations will encourage kids to “Look, Find and Discover that the Woods are Alive!”
Continue reading Tree Houses Project | Hot Springs Arkansas | The Portico Group
Today, SLC’s existing cultural cores are disconnected from the city’s major corridors and public realm, making it difficult to decipher a recognizable downtown core identity. The system of open spaces and streets that encompass 6970 need to reveal the multiple layers of both current uses, projected development and cultural events while editing the numerous urban configurations that obstruct the flow and flux of urban life. Transforming Main Street as a critical active open space corridor and State Street as a safe and sustainable transit street will create a vibrant downtown core.
Continue reading FLEXSTREET | Salt Lake City USA | ATLAS Lab & Scott Allen
After completing the original master planning, Newtown Landscape Architects (NLA), along with SFC, responded to a call by the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality in 2009, to lead the detail design and implementation of this complex. It was executed as a joint project for the Metro Parks, Environmental Management and Arts & Culture Departments. The bid was successful and SFCNLA JV was given nine months to prepare detail design, complete tenders and begin with implementation.
Continue reading OR Tambo Environmental and Narrative Centre | Ekhuruleni South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects
Marsh Lane is within the Lea Valley and sits in the flood plain of the river Lea and Dagenham Brook.
Continue reading Marsh Lane | London UK | Kinnear Landscape Architects
Laser cut screens, arbour, amphitheatre and public plaza | Image Credit – Yan Chen
Named after one of Brisbane’s greatest tennis players, Ken Fletcher Park is located on a former coal-fired power station site alongside the Tennyson Reach of the Brisbane River. The 2.9 hectare north facing site has emerged from its industrial past to become a contemporary district all abilities riverside park. Environmental and social sustainability initiatives are underpinned by the reuse of a post industrial site and recycling of its materials for the purpose of creating an innovative community based recreational facility. This facility provides equitable opportunities and outcomes for all its members, despite their level of ability or disability.
Continue reading Ken Fletcher Park | Tennyson Australia | Form Landscape Architects